Shrimp remains a vital commodity not only to the state but to the entire country, with Louisiana being the number one provider of shrimp in the nation. However, the threat of imported shrimp from overseas markets is not only harming the economy but also posing a risk to consumer’s health. With over 80 percent of the shrimp consumed in the United States being imports, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act allowing the FDA to force a strict ban on toxic shrimp and enforce a more extensive testing method to ensure that the seafood is safe to eat.
The change of location for the University Bookstore has brought complications. Students have to reorient themselves with the new layout and lack of parking. Renovation and expansion of the Student Union, including the Book Store is not entering its second year, and when completed will become part of a multi-million dollar master plan for the university. Last year a series of public discussions helped establish this vision, and even though the Student Union predated those charettes, it will fair in the grand design.
Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 4:30 pm
The GOP's roughing up of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, thought to be President Obama's top pick for his second-term secretary of state, brings to mind the last time the Senate rejected a commander in chief's choice for that most crucial position.
It was some six decades ago, and after bitter and tumultuous hearings — think allegations of communism and homosexuality, as well as a high-profile suicide — that senators dumped the president's nominee by a vote of 74-24.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the House, says she's optimistic that Democrats and Republicans will reach a deal that would avoid triggering a wide array of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in the new year and that experts say could send the economy into a recession.
There are currently over one hundred million people on welfare in 2012. It may be harder for these Americans to obtain welfare as 23 states have, or are considering a requirement for recipients to take drug tests before receiving any government assistance. Louisiana State Representative Sherman Mack proposed the bill making Louisiana one of those 23 states.
Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 2:21 pm
Susan Rice is in many ways a prototypical Obama administration official: young, ambitious and accomplished, with a reputation for being direct and — at times — confrontational.
But unlike her colleagues, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is embroiled in a lingering controversy, over what she knew and what she said in the days after September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale are singer-songwriters who've each written hits for country and rock acts, and have enjoyed extensive solo careers as performers and producers. Buddy and Jim is their first collaboration, a mixture of original songs and covers from earlier decades of country, rock, folk and soul music.
Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 11:28 am
Alexander Murphy recalls visiting a Guatemala museum some years ago and gazing up at a huge relief map of the country. Something about the borders struck the University of Oregon geography professor as out of place.
"And then I realized, 'Wait, all of Belize is shown as part of Guatemala,' " Murphy says. That's when he remembered a decades-old territorial dispute between the two Central American neighbors.